Lochy attempting to remove Toby's loose tooth by attaching a piece of string to it and then attaching the other end of the string to her bike before riding off, hoping to yank the tooth out!
Kerry is in the kitchen, doing some washing-up, when she hears a scream outside. She turns to the door and dashes out.
Front yard of No. 32
Outside, Toby removes the piece of string from his tooth and mutters that it didn't come out. Lochy is on the ground, having fallen off her bike. Kerry runs over to her and exclaims:
KERRY: Oh Tiffany, look at your knee.
LOCHY: It's nothing.
TOBY: Then why did you scream?
LOCHY: I *always* scream when I fall off my bike – it makes it more fun!
Kerry asks the kids what they were trying to do. Toby says meekly that it didn't work right, and he explains about how they were trying to pull his tooth out. Kerry sighs and suggests that they go inside and she'll do some first-aid on teeth and knees and whatever else hurts!
Clive is sitting on the couch, looking at a magazine. Melanie's clothes are strewn all over the lounge room and she sighs that she can't decide what to keep. She mutters that she's got too much stuff and she needs a change. She holds a pink outfit up against herself and asks Clive if he likes it. Clive shrugs that he can't even tell what it *is*! Melanie says she'll model it for him, and she dashes off to the bedroom area, ignoring Clive's protests! She then pokes her head back out and asks Clive to get her belt for her. Clive stands up. A few moments later, Melanie emerges from the bedroom area and, with a ‘Ta-da', asks how she looks! The mini-dress certainly suits her, and Clive smiles that she's stunning! She picks up the belt she was looking for. Clive asks her what she's going to do with the clothes she's throwing out. Melanie smiles:
MELANIE: I have had a brilliant idea about this!
CLIVE: You have?!
MELANIE: I'm going to have a swapping party!
CLIVE (uncertainly): Swapping party?
MELANIE: Yeah. Well, I'll get all the girls in the street to get the stuff they don't wear anymore – even the oldies, like Mrs. Daniels! – and put them in a pile and swap ‘em.
Melanie adds that whatever is left, they'll give to the Salvos. Clive smiles that it sounds good to him! Melanie asks him if he wants to be in it, as they'll do it this arvo. Clive, however, says he has to be at the hospital. Melanie accepts this and says she'll go and invite the others! She heads to the front door, still wearing the pink mini-dress, together with a pair of Ugg-style boots! Clive asks her:
CLIVE: Are you going out like *that*?
MELANIE: Yeah! Why?
CLIVE: Nothing! Catch you later!
MELANIE (enthusiastically): This is going to be *so* good!
With that, Melanie heads out, leaving Clive to sigh in bemusement!
In the lounge room, Bronwyn is telling Sharon about Henry's radio show and about how it might lead somewhere. Sharon apologises for not having heard it. Hilary comes in as Bronwyn asks *how Nick's* going. Sharon mutters that she doesn't really know. Hilary suggests she go to the hospital and find out; Nick might appreciate a visit. Sharon, however, retorts that she doesn't think he *would*. Hilary sighs:
HILARY: Just because of some ridiculous little tiff.
SHARON (retorts): It was *more* than a tiff. We broke up; we are no longer going out together.
Bronwyn points out that Beverly said Nick was feeling pretty off because of the accident. Sharon, however, mutters that it's other things as well. Bronwyn asks how long they were going out together. Sharon shrugs that it was a year, on and off. Hilary says she knows she hasn't always *approved* of Sharon's relationship with Nick, but it *is* rather foolish to throw it away because of some argument. Sharon retorts that it's *her* life. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Bronwyn goes to answer it. She finds Melanie standing on the step, wearing her pink mini-dress and Ugg-style boots! She heads inside and Hilary stares at her and exclaims:
HILARY: Oh my God!
MELANIE: Nice to see you too, Miss. Robinson!
Melanie then explains that she's come to invite them all to a clothes-swapping party, and she gives them the details. Sharon and Bronwyn both say they'll be in it. Melanie asks Hilary if *she'll* come. Hilary says she's not sure. Melanie assures her:
MELANIE: Oh, it's not just for us trendies; it would be good if there was some straight stuff there, too!
Hilary comments that no one would want *her* clothes. Bronwyn, however, assures her that she has *good* dress sense, and Hilary gives in and says she'll come! With that, Melanie heads out, leaving Hilary to muse:
HILARY: What an extraordinary young woman!
Joe is sitting with Toby and Lochy at the kitchen table, commenting to Toby:
JOE: It just beats me why you wouldn't let *me* at it, yet you trusted Evel Knievel here!
TOBY: Just seemed like a better idea at the time!
Kerry joins them with toasted sandwiches. Joe tells Toby that they'll give the wobbler another couple of days, then he's going to the dentist. Toby, however, holds out his hand to show Joe that his tooth has now come out! Lochy smiles:
LOCHY: He gets money from the tooth fairy tonight!
JOE: Oh, you kids are a bit old to believe in the tooth fairy, aren't you?
LOCHY: You *have* to believe, or she stops coming!
TOBY (quickly): I believe!
KERRY: I think they can smell hard cash, Joe!
Joe asks wearily what the going rate is nowadays. Lochy says she gets $2. Joe exclaims that in his day he was lucky to get 5c! Kerry chuckles that even the tooth fairy can't beat inflation! Joe says he reckons $1 is fair. Lochy, however, says that if *she* gets $2, Toby should get the same! Kerry remarks that that's a good point! Joe, however, exclaims:
JOE: Whose side are you on?! We'll just leave it up to the tooth fairy, shall we? Hope she's in a generous mood. *Two bucks*?!
Sometime later, Toby and Lochy are sitting on the edge of the pavement outside No. 32, Lochy telling Toby that his dad's an easy con! She asks Toby if he's got any *more* loose teeth. Toby, however, says that's the only one. Lochy tells him that she should give him one of *her* teeth that's already fallen out. Toby comments:
TOBY: I thought you gave yours to the tooth fairy.
LOCHY: I *did* - but the tooth fairy's sentimental: I found a little tin of my old teeth at the back of a drawer, so I took a couple back and I use them whenever I need some extra money.
TOBY: That's cheating!
LOCHY: Yeah! How about I lend you a couple and we go halves?
Toby comments that it doesn't sound right. Lochy, however, insists that the tooth fairy's loaded: she can spare a few extra bucks now and then. Toby shrugs and says:
TOBY: OK. Business is business!
With that, the two of them shake hands!
Joe is sitting at the kitchen table, trying to fix a saucepan handle, as Kerry comments that she thought he was going to get stuck into the gardening. Joe, however, sighs that he's got other things on his mind at the moment – like money: their funds are at rock bottom. Kerry sits down with him and says she's had an idea that might help solve their cash problems. She goes on:
KERRY: Remember that letter your mother got, from the Erinsborough News, about the ‘Dear Georgette' advice column?
JOE: What about it? She can't do it from England, can she?
KERRY: No – but *I* could do it.
Joe bursts out laughing! Kerry looks at him, clearly disappointed at his reaction. She demands to know what's so funny. Joe collapses onto the floor in laughter and exclaims:
JOE: Kerry... Kerry, it's an *agony* column. People write in with their problems and Dear Georgette tells them what to do!
KERRY (flatly): I know.
JOE: Oh, no, no, no, you're gonna have to think of something else! I mean, if they... if they accept that stuff that mum used to dish up, there's no way they're going to take *your* way-out views on life!
KERRY (demands): What do you mean ‘way out'? I could do better than the stuffy, conservative rubbish you read in most magazines.
JOE (laughs): That's what I'm *saying*: there's no way they want someone radical like *you*! You can't get that job!
KERRY (snaps): You don't know that.
JOE: You're gonna have to think of something else! You've got Buckley's of being the next Georgette!
With that, Joe heads to the back door, still laughing. Kerry sits at the kitchen table, stony-faced.
Nick is sitting up in bed, reading, when there's a knock on the door to his room and Clive comes in. He explains that he had some patients to see, so he thought he'd look in. He asks Nick how he's going. Nick sighs that Beverly said he might still need an operation. Clive remarks that that's possible if Nick still has any fluid on the brain from the fracture. Nick asks if he's going to have any more of those crazy moods and headaches. Clive asks if Beverly hasn't spoken to him about this, but Nick explains that she's been tied up with some baby and hasn't had time for a proper talk. Clive says:
CLIVE: All right. Well. For a start, you've been pretty lucky. Meningitis can cause all sorts of problems, like blindness... deafness... some muscle impairment. You seem to have escaped all that. On the other hand, only time will tell whether you have these ongoing headaches and crazy moods.
NICK: But what *causes* them?
CLIVE: Nobody really knows. The brain's like the moon: they haven't explored a hundredth of it, yet. They know that an accident like yours can cause depression and problems with memory and stuff like that, but no one really knows why.
NICK: How long do the symptoms last? Forever?
CLIVE: Well, they *can* be permanent, but in your case, I doubt it very much. A few weeks, maybe; even a few months. Have to wait and see.
NICK (flatly): Thanks. Just made my day...
Melanie opens the front door to Madge and Helen, who have arrived with clothes for the swap party. Sharon and Bronwyn are already there and Helen asks Sharon if she can have a word. The two of them step to one side and Helen says she's just been to see Nick and was sorry to hear that *Sharon* hasn't been to see him. Sharon says she didn't think he'd want to see her. Helen insists that the argument she and Nick had meant nothing; she's sure they can be friends again. She offers to run Sharon up to the hospital in a while. Sharon thanks her, nodding that it's about time she and Nick talked.
Joe and Kerry are in the kitchen when Toby and Lochy come in through the back door. Lochy tells Kerry that her mum says it's all right for her to stay for tea, if it's all right with *her*. Kerry, however, says she won't be there, as she's going to No. 28. Toby asks *Joe* if Lochy can stay. Joe sighs that, as it's Saturday... Toby asks if they can get a video too. Joe says he supposes so! Toby and Lochy then start whispering to each other. Kerry asks suspiciously what the secret is. Toby says:
TOBY: I've got another tooth.
Joe exclaims in astonishment that he never said he had *another* loose tooth. Toby tells him that it was very sudden. He holds out a tooth and Joe examines it and comments that it's real enough. He adds that he supposes Toby expects the tooth fairy to cough up another two bucks. Toby adds:
TOBY: I've got *another* loose one, too – and Lochy's got a loose one.
JOE (gasps): What?! What have you kids been doing? Punching each other round the mouth, or something?
TOBY: Get real!
Joe suggests they go and get that video, and he and the kids head out! When they've gone, Kerry picks up the newspaper and then dials a number on the ‘phone. When the call is answered, she asks for the Editor. When she's put through, she explains that she's Kerry Bishop, Nell Mangel's daughter-in-law, and she's ‘phoning about the letter the Editor sent regarding ‘Dear Georgette'. She goes on:
KERRY: Look, Mrs. Mangel lives overseas, now, and she can't do it – but I was wondering if you would consider *me* for the position...
Bronwyn, Kerry, Hilary, Helen, Melanie and Madge are all at the clothes swap party. All the donated clothes are piled in a heap in the middle of the floor. Hilary looks disinterested, but everyone else is rifling through the clothes. Madge tells Helen to see if she can find something she likes. Helen picks up a jacket and Melanie says she thinks that might be one of Clive's! Bronwyn spots a glittery gold dress and asks in surprise who'd want to give *that* away. Hilary says bluntly:
HILARY: Actually, it was *mine*.
Helen tells Hilary that she can't give *that* away, but Hilary shrugs that she's not likely to wear it again. Sharon and Melanie start arguing over a top, leading to it being torn. Clive arrives home suddenly and, watching what's going on, muses:
CLIVE: Well. Everyone having a ripping time, are they?!
Toby and Lochy are plotting something by the kitchen sink. Joe comes in and tells them that they've got the tooth fairy special video: ‘Jaws'! He notices suddenly that Toby's holding a jar, and he asks him what he's got in there. Toby shows him that it contains three teeth. Joe asks in surprise where the third one came from. Toby tells him that it came from his mouth. Joe says suspiciously:
JOE: Give us a look in your mouth.
TOBY: What for?
JOE: I wanna see all the gaps. Come on – open up.
Toby then admits meekly that they aren't exactly all *his*... Joe asks where they came from. Toby explains that the first one was his – and Lochy gave him the others. Joe sighs:
JOE: And you thought you'd rip off the tooth fairy. What a pair of con artists.
He then asks where they got the teeth from and whose idea it was. Toby looks at Lochy, who admits that they're *her* teeth: she's got a collection – four are hers and two are from other kids at school. Joe tells the kids that the tooth fairy doesn't pay out on second-hand choppers. Lochy, however, tells him that some of the teeth have been paid out on three times already! With that, she and Toby head through to the lounge room, leaving Joe shaking his head in amused disbelief!
Bronwyn closes the front door, saying to Helen that she's glad Sharon finally decided to go and see Nick. Madge has put on a red dress with large white spots on it, and she asks how she looks. Hilary retorts that she looks ridiculous! Melanie says they should decide what they're all taking home. Hilary says she can't see anything suitable for *her*. Kerry says she might take the mini-skirt! Madge puts on a cardigan with shoulder-pads and asks how *that* makes her look. Hilary says:
HILARY: It makes you look like one of those American footballers!
Kerry says she might take Melanie's kaftan. Helen picks up a top, but Hilary tells her it's not for short-waisted people! Bronwyn sighs at Melanie that she's the only one who's got the good stuff! Helen says in bemusement:
HELEN: I want to thank you, Melanie. It's been a wonderful way of finding out that I'm older than Methuselah's mother and have a short waist!
Clive says quickly that they've all had a wonderful time, haven't they! The women nod in agreement!
Sharon is standing in the corridor outside Nick's room, looking nervous. A nurse emerges from the room. Sharon then knocks on the door and heads inside. Nick smiles at her and thanks her for coming. Sharon asks him how he is. Nick tells her that he's better since they took the drip out – but his head still feels like it's been used as a punching bag! Sharon says:
SHARON: Sorry I haven't been before.
NICK: I didn't think you'd come at *all*. Sharon, about what I said: I'm really, really—
SHARON: It's all right – I know you didn't mean it.
NICK: You see, it was my accident: it did something really weird to me.
SHARON: It's OK, Nick. Let's just forget it.
NICK (eagerly): You mean it? We can go back to how it was before?
SHARON (warily): No. I feel awful saying this to you now, especially with you in hospital and everything, but it's just something that has to be said. I don't want to go back with you.
NICK (looking surprised): What do you mean?
SHARON: Since we split up, I've been doing a lot of thinking about us – about *me*. Some of the things you said, you were right: we *are* too young to be tied down. We *should* live a bit. I'm sorry, but I'd like to make a clean break; call it quits.
Nick just stares at Sharon from his hospital bed.